Akira was an outstanding and fun tour guide for our trip to Tokyo! His English was very good and he was prompt in meeting us at our hotel. It was our first time to Tokyo and we weren't sure if we had needed a tour guide, but we are very glad we chose to do so. Akira was very accommodating to the places we wanted to visit and showed us how to navigate the train and subway system, which is very confusing if you don't know how to read Japanese. It definitely helped us with the rest of our trip when we were on our own. He came prepared with a portable white board and have us a crash course on the Japanese language which was very cool. I think we ended up saving a lot of time because of all the insight he provided us, compared to if we had done it on our own. It left us more time to explore Tokyo on our own efficiently and make the most use of our time. He also recommended a lot of great restaurants which we would have never been able to find on our own, even when we had bought several Tokyo books. We highly recommend Akira!
Our family which includes six kids (ages 7-16) had an amazing time with Akira. First, he is VERY responsive during the planning stages. Akira had wonderful recommendations yet was very accommodating to our ideas. Next, he planned ahead and purchased tickets for us in order to expedite our plans and ensured we had as much time as possible to tour not stand in line. Akira was so detailed oriented. He showed up at our apartment and already had memorized all the kid's names, had print-outs of maps, train schedules, etc. all in a folder for us. Akira even knew our dietary preferences and recommended the perfect restaurants. We proceeded to have a super efficient day. Akira was also so helpful to ensure that the rest of our plans in Tokyo were made and that we had all the right directions, etc. Lastly, I commend Akira on his honesty and integrity. Unknown to us, one of our tours actually cost less than we had pre-paid and at the end of the tour, Akira handed us the savings. He could have easily pocketed this money and we would have never known. We made a new friend in Akira and strongly recommend him.
I should start by saying Akira is professional at his craft. He communicates prior to arrival to confirm he arranges the perfect day for his guests. We are a family of 4 with two kids, 8 and 10 so our ideas for fun probably a little different than most. He was great at adjusting and playing along with our family. We booked him twice!
We booked tours with Akira for 2.5 days. He suggested an itinerary for all days and we were able to adjust it before the trip. We really enjoyed our time in Japan and Akira was a part of that! During the trip, we realized that it would take longer to visit certain places (because my parents are older and walk slowly), so he would adjust our itinerary on the fly and make sure we still saw the important sights. He was very patient and helpful - he would look for the escalators and elevators in the train stations to make the walk easier for my parents too! If you're looking for someone to show you around without worrying about how to get to and from places, just book with Akira!! The only tip for improvement I'd have is maybe Akira can explain things more - sometimes he'd only explain things when we'd ask questions :)
Akira was our guide over a 3day period.he had an excellent plan that ended up needing to be modified secondary to the weather.we stilll saw what we wanted to see and it was like having a friend showing us around his home town.we can and do enthusiastically recommend him
We are very much satisfied with the services rendered by Akira. Although our tour was not a usual one for visitors in Japan - visiting High End Supermarkets - Akira came straight away with a suggestion which was further amended based on our own information. What was more interesting was that Akira – once our schedule was confirmed – took the initiative to visit some of the Supermarkets we were intending to visit and took some photos for our reference. Moreover we are very much satisfied by Akira’s attitude and professionalism as a Tour Guide. We would strongly recommend Akira as a Tour Guide to future visitors to Japan.
Akira was an extremely friendly,pleasant and knowledgeable guide. He let us take our time and answered all our interminable questions and never seemed to rush us. So glad we chose him as our guide for today and the next two.
Akira-san made our first day in Tokyo our most memorable by first sending us a sincere letter to our hotel confirming our tour and then greeting us in a most personal and professional manner. His enthusiasm for incredible Tokyo helped us appreciate the complex layers of the capital. Akira custom tailored our tour to our individual interests and even modified our plan during our day to allow us an opportunity to experience a tea ceremony and a sweet shop. Akira really is the best guide I have had the opportunity to work with. You will very much enjoy Tokyo if you call Akira.